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Adolfo “Shabba-Doo” Quiñones (1955–2020), dancer who starred in “Breakin’”

by Linnea Crowther

Adolfo “Shabba-Doo” Quiñones was a dancer, actor, and choreographer best known for starring as Ozone in “Breakin’” and “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo.”

A pioneer of locking

Quiñones was a founding member of the Lockers dance troupe, who introduced the locking style of street dance in the 1970s. He became a “Soul Train” dancer and later helped popularize breakdancing in the cult hit film “Breakin’” and its sequel. Quiñones choreographed Madonna’s “Who’s That Girl?” tour in 1987 and was a featured dancer on the tour, and he choreographed Three Six Mafia’s 2006 performance at the Oscars broadcast. He appeared in Chaka Khan’s 1984 video for “I Feel for You” as well as making TV appearances on shows including “Miami Vice,” “What’s Happening!!” and “Married… With Children.”

Quiñones on “Breakin’”

“We were real street dancers. We weren’t something that was manufactured by Hollywood. We were real, everybody knew that and when you watched the movie you said wow they are real, you could tell. It was almost like a reality movie really if you think about it. It was like they just took a camera and followed us around. It felt that real.” —from a 2008 interview with The Black Hollywood File


Tributes to Adolfo “Shabba-Doo” Quiñones

Full obituary: NBC News

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